Christopher Lee had a long and legendary acting career, including parts in Star Wars: Episode II — Attack of the Clones; Star Wars: Episode III — Revenge of the Sith (2005); playing the wizard Saruman in Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings trilogy and The Hobbit films; and of course immortalised playing the role of Dracula.
What many people didn't know however, was that Christopher Lee loved heavy metal music. He not only loved the genre, he was a performer. I myself didn't know this until, amazingly, I was approached late last year to provide orchestral keyboard parts to a track he was then working on.
I myself didn't know this until, amazingly, I was approached late last year to provide orchestral keyboard parts to a track he was then working on.
His last album Metal Knight was released on his 92nd birthday in 2014, followed by "Darkest Carols, Faithful Sing" - the track I was approached to perform on. As it would happen, that very track in late 2014 would become Christopher Lee's last ever music release.
He was an inspiration to many, and a highly sought talent especially in the latter years of his career.
To have been approached for the potential to work with such a legend myself will always be a privilege.